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it go at that. sigh my colleague from new york -- i see my colleague from new york city has arrived here and i'd like her to pick this issue up and talk about the devastation that occurred in her communities and then we can come back to the infrastructure . thank you very much. it's a good -- thank you for joining us. ms. velazquez: i want to thank you for yielding. mr. speaker, if hurricane sandy taught us anything, it is the importance of infrastructure to new york city and our nation. right now new yorkers are struggling with day to day challenges. many of them without power. in certain parts of the metropolitan area, gasoline shortages continue presenting enormous difficulties. but even as new yorkers worked to rebuild and recover for the short-term, we cannot ignore long-term problems. in many ways the city of new york took a number of prudent steps that reduced damage and sped up recovery time. however, it's painfully clear that more must be done in the future to ensure our nation's infrastructure can withstand assault from mother nature. as governor cuomo said, we have a new reali
of a lateral pipeline off the coast of new york city. it will pass under the gateway national recreation area and deliver natural gas to residents of brooklyn and queens. under current law, the national park service does not have the authority to approve the pipeline. therefore, hongman grimm introduced h.r. 2606 to allow the project to move forward benefiting not only new york residents but also visitors to gateway national recreation area. h.r. 2606 has bipartisan support and is supported by the national park service. the house approved its legislation in february. it has passed the senate with noncontroversial amendments. we are now acting to send this to the president. i urge adoption of h.r. 2606 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona virginia tech. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. grijalva: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: we ha
. it was not as enormous as an accomplishment as the civil rights act but the panama canal treaties or rescuing new york city or a saving chrysler, that was all done on a bipartisan basis. that is the way the great senate operated. host: the gulf of tonkin resolution was also on a bipartisan basis. guest: it was within a period of weeks after the civil rights act of 1964 that they did the gulf of tonkin resolution. many of them always regretted doing it. the truth is, they decided to give political cover to president johnson during the 1964 campaign. the wanted to stand by the president. they never intended, none of them, intended it to be a blank check to enlarge the vietnam war. they regretted having died and he started using it that way. from 1964 on, the senate was the focal point of the opposition to the war. democrats opposing it during president johnson's term, republicans joining them as well, president nixon's term, the second moral imperative that these centers dealt with was ending the war. host: can there be a parallel drawn between the actions of the senate in that period and the support of
, and that will be on the northeast corridor. ironically yesterday i was back in new york city actually looking at some of the flood and storm damage. many of the transportation infrastructure facilities were adversely impacted, huge amount of damage. they have incredible new york city is resilient, and how well they are coming back. i think they got about 95% of their transit operations, rail was particularly hit. almost all of east side lower manhattan tunnels flooded, and just think of the massive effort put forward to get those trains running. they probably move about 20% of all passengers in the world in new york city. and a hit like that was incredible. i understand mayor bloomberg, we met with yesterday, will be in town today, and we had discussions yesterday about fema, which our committee overseas -- oversees and also transportation and infrastructure that was hurt. that may be the subject of additional scrutiny by the committee, but today, again, we are focused on looking particularly at amtrak's structural organization. i might also recall that with the last hearing what we'll be doing on the northeast c
have the worst conditions ever in the 108-year history of the new york city subway system. the tunnels are under water. the response from the federal government has been extraordinary. from the president and all of his secretaries. they are sending down over 200 pumps, generators to help remove the water, the saltwater from the subway system so we can ascertain the damage and start to restore service. they have partial small service throughout the city, but the tunnels under the east river connecting manhattan and brooklyn and queens, are still flooded. new york city took a tremendous hit from the storm. we have reported over 24 people dead. that is out of an estimated 61 nationwide. two of the largest hospitals in our city, bellevue and n.y.u. medical center, were evacuated. i toured n.y.u. medical yesterday, and i'm touring bellevue today as parts of queens in lower manhattan. they were talking about during the dark in the night of this storm, they really saw courageous work on behalf of the nurses and others at n.y.u. medical. they were carrying fragile newborns out. the other hospi
experienced in new york city may or may not be the result it should compel all elected leaders to take action. governor bloomberg rates we need leadership from the white house. president obama has taken major steps to reduce our current consumption, including higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. he notes that mitt romney, too, has a history of toppling climate change. he signed onto a regional cap and trade plan that would reduce carbon emissions. he could not be more right, but since then he has reversed course, abandoning the very program he once supported. this issue is too important. we need leadership of the national level to move the world and nation forward. that is michael bloomberg endorsing president obama over the issue of climate change and the hurricane sandy fallout. lots of news stories coming from the fallout. the hurricane death toll has been rising. the hurricane sandy death toll now above the 90 and rising as emergency workers canvas flood and fire-ravaged neighborhoods. police say at least 59 people were killed during a storm in new york city and a new jer
. an event hosted earlier today in new york city. on c-span 2, president obama. that is all tonight on the c- span network beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern. >> the name of this place still resonates with the shuddering in the hearts of the american people. more than any other name in the civil war except abraham lincoln. what happened here was the crux of our terrible national trial. even americans who are not sure precisely what transpired know all the glory and all the tragedy we associate with the civil war resides most probably -- palpably here. >> next, remarks from federal communications commission chairman julius genachowski. he spoke at an event earlier today. it is one hour. >> good afternoon. thank you for joining the conversation with julius genachowski. normal rules that you are all familiar with. welcome to our meeting today. please completely turned off yourself phones, blackberrys, and all wireless devices. as a reminder, this meeting is on the record. i am very excited to be here today. this is perhaps the most anticipated cfr event. i am glad the chairman can join us today. a
can not to endorse the president largely on that issue. the freak storm ravaged new york city. when storms like that happen, it does help consensus. i do not think that will be at the top of the agenda. immigration reform is probably more of the momentum behind that. >> there are two issues that have changed dramatically, 180 degrees. one is gay rights. this country went to a much broader acceptance of gay rights and gay marriage. just stunning. part is a democratic shift. the other is a climate change. there was a big movement among evangelicals to save the lord's earth, to save the greatest gift we were given. it made a lot of sense with the far right's agenda. it has been turned into the exact opposite. climate change is happening and it is partially caused by human kind. that is happening just a few years after both parties in a pretty wide degree that something had to be done for different reasons. stunning. >> somebody was compiling the best tweets of the campaign. "i agree with the scientific consensus on global warming. call me crazy." that's where things were. there could b
in quarantine in 2003 by the new york city health department. it can be done locally. >> i am going to end with two observations that are very cheerful to me and in a constitutionally very gloomy person. i think it very cheerful, very encouraging, very reassuring that we have professionals like you have heard from tonight working on the subject and very encouraging that we have people like you in the gene in the subject, coming out on a night like this -- engaging in the subject, coming out on and i like this to hear about this. -- on a night like this to hear about this. thank you. [applause] >> on behalf of the academy, i would like to thank our excellent panelists and invite you to join us for a drink or a soft drink in the lobby. there will be a book signing. thank you very much. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> here is a look at our prime- time lineup tonight on the c- span networks. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke gives his economic outlook from an event hosted earlier today in new york city. on
challenging time for new york city. i think you have shown quite a bit of fortitude in coming back and getting back to business. my remarks today are going to focus on the reasons for the disappointingly slow pace of economic recovery in the united states, and the policy actions that have been taken by the federal open market committee to support the economy. in addition, i will discuss important economic challenges our country faces as we close out 2012 and move into 2013, in particular the challenge of putting federal government finances on a sustainable path and the longer run while avoiding actions that would endanger the economic recovery in the near term. the economy is continuing to recover from the financial crisis and recession, but the pace of the recovery has been slower than fomc participants and others had hoped or anticipated when i spoke here last, three years ago. indeed, since the recession trough in 2009, growth in real gdp has averaged only a little more than 2% per year. similarly, the job market has improved over the past three years, but at a slow pace. the unemployment r
at games with poverty and games of money. one of my favorite examples was a group out of new york city called the area code. if you are looking at lots of examples of creative solutions to problems, is one to look at. they did a game around money where communities in the south that have high rates of mortgage defaults, and low rates of savings, and they made up a currency called macon money. macon, georgia, so they had macon money. ads in dollar bills but all of them have been cut in half. they gave out all this money, but they were all half a dollar bill. the currency could be used in local stores in services like cash, but you had to find the other person with half of your bill, and they created a social gaming environment where you could meet up. if we met in a coffee shop we could use its air, and it created a social layer and physical community to transform the community and also bring positive of motions, that you have solved this problem and have success, and it is really interesting. basically, my answer is yes. there are so many crazy things you can thing to do with a game des
of new york. it creates more jobs in the manufacturing and services sector in new york city. new york and russia have a special relationship. last year new york exported $497 million worth of goods to russia which directly supported an estimated 1,400 jobs. additionally, new york city is home to one of the largest russian communities in the united states. and that i am very proud to say i represent. so i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of american jobs and vote aye on h.r. 6156, and, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin. mr. levin: how much time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, has nine minutes. and the gentleman from michigan, mr. camp, has 15 1/2 minutes. mr. levin: mr. chairman, i think i'll proceed. shall i do that? it's now my pleasure to yield a minute and a half to another vigorous member of our committee on all issues, mr. pascrell from the state of new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey
a significant experience in the public and private sector and lives in new york city. host: how about a question or comment on the budget talks in the fiscal cliff? caller: i would like to talk about that. >> when you speak we need to broaden the tax base and you want to ask the poor people, because at this country that is in poverty or close to party, and you want them to not only pay a payroll tax and you want that to go away, but you don't want the rich to basically -- you want to keep their tax cuts but you want to add an income tax on top of their payroll tax for the port, how do you justify that? guest: first of all, what i said was a majority of americans pay more in payroll taxes and income taxes. the poverty rate in the united states is 15.9%. 46.4% of americans don't pay income taxes. obviously, if you are near poor, you could argue he should not have to pay income taxes. i don't know what the right amount is, somewhere between 15.9% and 46.4%, but i think it is a lot closer to 15.9%. i believe, and as i said before, that we need to increase the effective tax rate of individuals who ar
that you're doing which and i just returned from two days in new york city myself over the weekend. and i will say what i saw was sobering. i visited families and communityties that had been devastated and i will say quite personally as a native new yorker and housing commissioner in new york city, visiting family, i attended a funeral yesterday for the daughter of a friend who was killed in the storm as well as seeing a very very large scale development that i remember the planning of, i remember cutting the ribbon with mayor broomberg and to now see that entire development flooded, it was particularly moving to me. all of those experiences. but i also saw remarkable courage and strength that i know is a hall mark of new yorkers and of those residents of the entire riegenn recovering. i met one woman whose home had burned to the ground. she had lost a relative in 9/11. and not long before that i had watched flight 586 crash just a few blocks fwr her home. and she was taking strength and preparing to rebuild once again. so remarkable efforts. and also i visited one of the disaster recover
city instead of houston, texas, rumor is that he was trying to get a posse to go up to new york and bring that shuttle back to houston where it belonged. i do not know if that's true or not. but ralph hall loves america. he loves this body. he loves texas. but most of you will he loves the american people. and it's a great honor to be here to recognize you, a statesman, and the favorite son of texas, chairman ralph hall. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, louie gohmert. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. chairman. for yielding. it is an honor and privilege, pleasure, all three, to be here, pay tribute to our friend, ralph hall. i think i'm the only one that spoke that was actually represented by ralph hall and so it's not my first testimonial for the gentleman from rockwall. and in fact in 2001 it looked like there was a new redistricting map, the legislature had come out with, and it was going to put my hometown of tyler in a different district and in my years on the bench i'd been concerned about some
. chief speech writer for the new york city mayor rudy guiliani, john is a senior columnist for newsweek and the daily beast as well as a cnn contributor. they were responsible for writing the eulogies of all firefighters and police firefighterofficers who died du. the author of "independent nation." and "wingnuts." ." also the editor of america's greatest newspaper columns. now, ladies and gentlemen, let's listen to a conversation on growing up in the white house. please join me in welcoming susan ford bales, lynda johnson robb, and john to the stage. [applause] >> by way of beginning, last night, we were sitting up late talking about today's talk. in it.onyou are quoted gosh, i don't have a copy of it. magically, there was a copy. i went to the page. it was called "touring dixie with lbj." written may 10, 1964. this was meant to be. here are the opening lines about lbj in which lynda is featured later in the column. touring the south with president johnson is like going back to the old evangelical chautauqua circuit. [laughter] this is clearly meant to be. towas indicated, we're going
and the federal officers there in new york. >> i want to add that efforts are coordinated with red cross and fema with the cities and states. we do not operate unilaterally. we operate together. our operations are already beginning. we are pushing into places like staten island, other communities that you're hearing about, hoboken and others. we are pushing hundreds of thousands of meals. we will have the capacity of new york city alone to be serving up to half a million meals per day. but again, closely coordinated in locations with the cities, states, and the fema regions. >> can you update me specifically with what fema and the u.s. army corps of engineer assets are being sent to alleviate the impact particularly at the jersey shore? >> last night, we had several generators installed. it looks like we will be up to 70 generators installed. we are doing assessments to see what it will take to get the port facilities back up and running. there was quite a bit of transportation impact. we're working with the u.s. dot. although there has been a lot of mutual aid to bring in, more utility crews fro
. >> thank you very much. first let me thank mayor bloomberg. i'm sure everyone in new york city joins me in thanking the mayor for his leadership, his competence, his diligence, professionalism, his team has been tireless. mr. mayor, we thank all of you very much. we thank all of the first responders, every one of them. we thank the state and local elected officials who are all here today. special thank you to the burough president who has done great job of leadership on the ground. the county president and nassau county and suffolk county, we thank them all. most of all, mr. president, we thank you and we thank your cabinet, especially secretaries napolitano and donovan and craig fugate for their unprecedented federal presence and effort. i'd also like to thank our federal officials, senator schumer, senator gillibrand, congressman grimm who is with us today for all their help in securing the necessary funds so we can rebuild. 17 days ago on october 29 everything changed for new york. 60 new yorkers lost their lives, tens of thousands saw their homes damaged or destroyed, communities fr
tend to represent the wealthier americans. for example, new york city as the previous caller asked about is representing by democrats through and through. but it would be heavily hit by upper income tax increases. so i'm not sure so much motivations about who is exactly benefited as much as philosophical beliefs about the role of tax policy. guest: it's true that virtually a huge part of our budget is basically the entitlement programs, medicare, medicaid, social security, defense spending as well as interest payments. and discretionary part of our budget, which is everything else, cops, justice department, nuclear facilities, education, etc., is a small part of the budget. now, the question is not so much about now, but in the future and the future, medicare spending and medicaid spending in particular and to a degree social security, but much less, will come to consume almost the entire budget. because of the baby boomer retirement wave as well as because of increasing health care costs. and that's why lawmakers and policymakers are working so hard to try to get the fiscal house
. and our son lives in new york city. great places to visit. but you don't really have time i think when you're here as much. but to have the family that's there all the time, it's wonderful but it's -- mr. platts: it's one of the blessings, judy, i've been allowed -- because of my district, about 100 miles each way, in my 12 years serving here, while i've been honored to work here, i've been blessed to live at home all but maybe 13 nights i couldn't go back home. but being able to go home to my wife and children, being there every day kept me grounded. it's one of the sacrifices you a know and the colleagues and families of members make a tremendous -- i'm the exception. i'm the only pennsylvanian, couple of marylanders and virginians. they have to be away all week or relocate their family here. it's a tremendous family commitment. you're right. my kids, when i walk in the door, they don't care if i was meeting with the president of the united states, dad, get rid of the coat and tie. we're late for practice. let's go. kids do a good job keeping our priorities straight. mrs. biggert: i also
probably. i can remember after i retired i was doing an event for morgan stanley up in new york city and their headquarters over looking the city you get a real sense of you are somebody in power and while we're waiting for the guests to arrive that i was supposed to talk to, some of the morgan stanley investment bankers were talking to me and this one young guy came up and said it must have really bothered you to not have made much money as you served in the military and became chairman. that must have really bothered you. i said we never thought abet. you had to think about that and talk to your piers about this all the time. i said no. and the conclusion that was the difference between military culture and that culture was like night and day. they serve for the bonus for the money and we serve for other reasons that we've talked about. and that's a very noble thing. and you have heard it for the last several days. war is not glorious but the service of people to their country can be glorious and you've heard some real heroes talk about this service, service is something bigger tha
community of western new york. every second of every day seven cars carrying our families drive on a bridge that is structurally deficient. in the city of buffalo we are preparing to make a decision about the future of the elevated skyway bridge a roadway classified by officials as being structurally deficient, fracture critical and functionally obsolete. federal investments should help communities make smart decisions to become more self-sufficient. investing in smart infrastructure is not simply about tearing down our crumbling bridges, it's about rebuilding our nation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> to atres the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> today i rise to honor colorado board of education schafer on his retirement. throughout his career in congress and the state board of education he has dedicated himself to improving the education of colorado and this nation's youth. he is a passionate advocate or edu
for them and for families all across america. we have to fight for that young family in long island, new york. the one that wants to buy a home in the community they grew up in cannot afford it. we have to fight for that family in sioux city, iowa that can afford health insurance to pay the bills for its young son. we have to fight for those high school students in los angeles who are saying no to drugs and yes to their future. we have to open up that door of college opportunity to every young person in this country. [cheers and applause] we have to fight to end the shame of homelessness in this country. we have to fight for those unemployed steelworkers in pennsylvania and youngstown, ohio who want to be able to have a good job and a good wage to support themselves and their families. and we have to fight for those families and met with in california whose children today are permanently crippled because toy happen to live tnext door one of the worst toxic waste dumps in the united states of america. this campaign has not been just about me and lloyd bentsen. it has been about these fami
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